The Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines continues to recognise the centenary of the life and legacy of an international icon – Nelson Mandela, with countries all across the globe.
On Monday, 16th July, 2018, the Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Honourable Luke Browne, presented a stirring lecture on the topic “Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World” under the patronage of Her Excellency Xoliswa N. Ngwevela, High Commissioner of South Africa to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Tuesday, 17th July, 2018, there was a showing of the film 'Invictus' at the Russell’s Cinema from 6pm. The film tells the inspiring story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team to help unify South Africa as the country was racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. The general public was invited to attend as well as youth and community organisations. A contribution of $5 was requested and all proceeds from the Movie Night will be contributed to the House of Hope Society.
Wednesday 18th July, 2018 will be Nelson Mandela Dress Day and citizens across the public and private sector are encouraged to don African garb and depict through dress the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. In addition to individual participation, organisations wishing to participate should contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce to register their interest. The best dressed private and public entities will receive $500 towards their organisation.
The centennial activities will climax on Friday, 20th July, 2018, with a Recognition Ceremony in the Conference Room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce from 10am.